Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Dec. 15, 1965: Los Angeles City Hall and downtown from atop the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Hall and downtown from top of Occidental Life Building. This photo was published in the Dec. 16, 1965 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Telephoto lens image of the Santa Monica and Harbor freeways looking west from atop the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Normal lens view of Santa Monica and Harbor freeways looking west from the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Top of the Richfield Building and downtown Los Angeles in image taken with telephoto lens from the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Downtown Los Angeles from top of Occidental Life Building. The Richfield Building is on center left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

Los Angeles from atop the Occidental Life Building

Pictures in the News | Feb. 12, 2014

Wednesday's Pictures in the News begins in Mississippi, where forecasters said 2 to 3 inches of snow were possible along with a quarter inch of sleet and a up to a 10th of an...   View Post»

   

The Year in Pictures | 2013

The Year in Pictures | 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, Framework looks back on an eventful year, documented by the photojournalists of the Los Angeles Times. Enjoy.  View Post»

   

Los Angeles from atop the Occidental Life Building

Reader photos: Best of Southern California moments for May 2013

I love the variety of processes involved in this month's photos. From iPhone portraits, like Steve Saldivar's image of Henry Nakamura at Evergreen Cemetery in East L.A., to Toby...   View Post»

   

Los Angeles from atop the Occidental Life Building

Hurricane Irene cleanup begins on battered East Coast

Hurricane Irene and its remnants have mostly moved on, but its effects will be felt for a long time on the East Coast. Irene has claimed at least 42 lives in 12 states. There...   View Post»

Los Angeles from atop the Occidental Life Building

Dec. 15, 1965: Los Angeles Civic Center from atop the Occidental Life Building.

This photo gallery consists of six images from a recently located roll of 120 film from former staff photographer Larry Sharkey taken atop the Occidental Life Building. I scanned six of the 12 frames for this gallery. For some of the images — including the first image above — Sharkey used a non-standard telephoto lens that heavily vignetted the edges of the frame. I’m guessing the lens was about 500 mm in focal length.

Sharkey was one of several post-World War II Los Angeles Times staff photographers who tinkered with various lens and camera body combinations. He may have been testing a long lens attached to a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera. The Rolleiflex was the standard staff photographer camera used in the late 1950s and early ’60s.

One of the non-telephoto images, the second one in the above gallery, was published as stand-alone wild art in the Dec. 16, 1965 Los Angeles Times. Once a frame was published, the Los Angeles Times library staff archived the entire role of film.

The 32-story Occidental Life Building was completed in 1965. It is now known as the AT&T Center, but over the years has been named the Transamerica Building and SBC Tower.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

Follow Scott Harrison on Twitter and Google+

Thumbnail view to all From the Archive posts.

No comments yet

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published